Japan CPI and Retail Sales Fall

Japan’s Core Consumer Price Index declined 0.1 % The figure came after Tokyo’s CPI 0.4% decline a month earlier. Coupled with a 1.2% drop in Retail Sales due to a strong yen that makes Japanese exports less competitive and imports more attractive signal a reduced wage expectation from the net exporting nation.

The Bank of Japan and the government concede that the economy is in a lull, and they could come under increasing pressure to support it with currency intervention and monetary policy easing as Europe’s debt crisis weighs on external demand.

Auto and Machinery sales had record losses in 2011 even though they recovered by 2.5% in December.


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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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